The Hatch

The Hatch

“I will do such things,” King Lear shouts before the storm, “What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be / The terrors of the earth.”

Drawing upon Edmund Burke’s definition of the sublime—the odd beauty associated with fear and self-preservation; our astonished delight in what destroys, what overpowers and compels us toward darkness—these strange poems mine the sinister fault lines between weird fiction, expressionism, gothic horror, and notions of the absurd, cracking the mundane shell of our given metaphysical order. In the traditions of Nerval, Trakl, Schulz, Tadić, Poe, and contemporaries Aase Berg and Jeff Vandermeer, the wonderful disassociation brought to bear on the reader lies in the conjuring of unprecedented worlds, their myths and logics, their visions and transformations—worlds that resist interpretation almost successfully, and reveal to us the uncanny and nightmarish.

Title:The Hatch
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781936767540
Format Type:

About Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Already It Is Dusk (Brooklyn Arts Press) and Sleigh Ride (Factory Hollow Press). Other work can be found in jubilat, Octopus, Slope, Puerto Del Sol, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly, and online at joefletcherpoetry.com. He teaches literature and writing at the University of North Carolina and in the North Carolina prison system, and he is t



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    The Hatch Reviews

  • Robin Bonne

    Lovely, introspective poetry. Words that come to my mind to describe the poems are “moody, rich, and atmospheric.” There were poems that mused over life, family, and little moments. My favorites w...

  • Jason

    This book of poetry/Prose/Flash Fiction is way before it's time, to fully appreciate this work you need to be living in a dystopian future where the survivors are few, buildings are in ruin and people...

  • Diana

    A strange and beautiful book. I don't recommend bingeing this brief collection before bed--or maybe I do....

  • Kathleen

    "Your caretaker's son murdered you, which was only a rearrangement / of matter." ...

  • Joe Pan

    A well-crafted solid fright of a book. Strange & brilliant....

  • ?Tamara

    “"I will do such things,” King Lear shouts before the storm, “What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be / The terrors of the earth.” Drawing upon Edmund Burke’s definition of the subl...

  • Zainab Shah

    It was pretty good....

  • Keeley

    I received this one for review from NetGalley. My rating is closer to a 3.5 than a 4 but Goodreads doesn't allow for 1/2 stars.I don't claim to have any understanding of poetry at all and I feel like ...

  • Ligia Perez

    I breezed through this horror anthology quickly and blissfully. Each poem withstands on its own and gives off their fair share of creeps. This collection is one of those that you truly have to focus o...

  • Errol Styles

    Weird book, great stuff, you have to enjoy the strange to get it I think but I loved it....